3D printing a white Christmas with the Atmel-powered MakerBot

Who doesn’t love the Plaza in New York City? Over the years, the hotel has hosted a number of famous visitors in its hallowed suites, including The Beatles. More recently, a MakerBot-made Christmas Tree topper made an appearance in the Plaza’s lobby when the hotel proudly unveiled its annual holiday tree.

“The striking evergreen is crowned with a gleaming twenty-four-inch snowflake printed on an [Atmel-powered] MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer using [the company’s] True White PLA Filament,” MakerBot’s Ben Millstein explained in a recent blog post. “The tree topper is just one of the artfully crafted snowflake designs curated by Saks Fifth Avenue for their own flagship Manhattan store and the lobby display at The Plaza.”

Indeed, Saks Fifth Avenue tapped award-winning graphic artist and longtime creative collaborator Marian Bantjes to create the unique snowflake ornaments for the holiday season. According to Millstein, Bantjes brought her signature style to the ornate, hand-drawn snowflake designs.

“For our collaboration with Saks, the MakerBot Design Team reinterpreted a selection of her designs as 3D printable models,” he added.

Readers interested in seeing more 3D printed snowflakes and a Replicator 2 demo can visit the MakerBot kiosk on the fourth floor of the original Saks Fifth Avenue department store on 611 Fifth Avenue.

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